Harz University of Applied Sciences got festive as it welcomed visitors, potential and current students, faculty, and alumni to its open house, alumni meeting, and campus festival on Saturday, June 10. While information on the study programmes was presented during the day in Wernigerode and Halberstadt, the Wernigerode campus turned into festival grounds with live music for everyone’s taste, as well as a wide range of (student) activities.
The sample lectures, campus tours, presentations, and experiments at the open house were very well received. This year also marked the first ever parents’ talk where they could ask all the questions their children won’t, especially with regard to financing, studies abroad and internships. Guests to the event were especially impressed by the commitment exhibited by the student initiatives.
Approximately 6000 visitors came to the university, as calculated by the festival armbands provided to everybody who came to visit the campus. The range of family-friendly events in Wernigerode is only becoming more popular, with balloon artists, play equipment, and a giant slide provided on site for the youngest visitors. A great number of graduates visited the alumni meeting with their families, showing their partners and children around their beloved campus – and it was the biggest alumni meeting ever, with 360 registrations. President Folker Roland welcomed all visitors, some of whom came from quite far away, in front of the new Student Hub (StuBe).
The stage events started in the afternoon, with the ideal summer weather. Live student bands began playing on the campus field at 3:00 p.m., and were joined throughout the afternoon by dance interludes and an appearance by the university choir. The evening began with a beer tapping by the President’s Office, the Student Union, Minister Armin Willingmann, and Mayor Tobias Kascha at 7:00 p.m. During the big 89.0-RTL party, visitors got to dance to the band “Atemlos” and DJ Marc Radix until midnight, while fans of electronic dance music enjoyed the “Open Air Cellar” at the second stage by the campus pond.
Author: Janet Anders
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